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kids' poetry contest

Calling all young writers: Enter the Seattle’s Child kids’ poetry contest

Poems needed from Seattle-area kids in grades K through 8!

In honor of April, National Poetry Month, Seattle’s Child is holding a kids’ poetry contest!

Seattle-area kids in grades K to 8 are encouraged to enter. We will have expert judges pick out the winners, and there will be prizes! Plus, we’ll publish as many submissions as possible on our website.

To enter a poem, email with the poem and the following information: poet’s first name and last initial, poet’s school grade, hometown, photo, and any illustrations or background notes that go with the poem.

Multiple entries encouraged!

Deadline for entries is April 16.

Special thanks to our judges, Bryan Wilson of The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, Alicia Craven of Seattle Arts and Lectures, and Nathalie Marver-Kwon, 2020/21 Youth Poet Laureate Public Outreach & Exposure Ambassador. Listen to  Nathalie’s original poem performed, virtually, at a Seattle Arts and Lectures event.

They are looking forward to filling their springtime with your poetry!

To get your kids’ creativity channeled in a poetic direction, check out:

Kids respond to COVID in pictures and words: contest winners

Seattle’s Child kids’ poetry contest winners and runners-up, 2020

Seattle Arts and Lectures Writers In the Schools program, which offers a bank of creative writing lessons and videos on its website.

From the Academy of American Poets: 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month in the online classroom.